Amph What are you reading right now?

Discussion in 'Community' started by Jon_Snow, Nov 3, 2002.

  1. Jon_Snow Jedi Knight

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    This thread is for telling everyone else in the forum what you're reading at the moment, and maybe even give a quick review and/or recommendation. Threads like this have done well in the Literature forum for some time now, going through multiple iterations. I think that it's an idea even better suited for this forum though.






    To start this off, I?m now reading Vectors by the same guy who wrote the Black Fleet Crisis ? can?t for the life of my remember his name. Fairly good so far. Fairly bright early on, but it?s quickly changing pace now. It?s about whether or not human beings have souls and whether it?s possible to determine whether or not we do, and about reincarnation. I also recommend the Trigger, by the same author.
  2. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    K-mac. Michael P. Kube (pronounced cue-bee) McDowell. Or something. And yes, The Trigger was good. And yes, I'm planning on eventually picking up Vectors.

    Right now I'm reading Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury for school, and it's making me quite soundly furious (pun intended, wiseass).
  3. Blix Jedi Knight

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    Check my signature. I update it regularly.
  4. Jon_Snow Jedi Knight

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    Yeah, but how will we tell in the future what you are reading now? :p
  5. Rogue_Product Jedi Master

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    Right now? Nothing :p

    But in the longer term I've been reading a lot of Orwell and a heap of history/philosophy books. I don't read much fantasy, it's not my style.
  6. flying_fishi Jedi Grand Master

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    I'm currently reading Dune by Frank Herbert. It's extremely intruiging, and I'm enjoying it a lot.

    Is it just me, or is Arrakis a lot like Tatooine? ;)
  7. SCOTSSITHLORD Jedi Knight

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    I'm attempting to make my way through Stephen Hawking's A brief history of time, which ain't easy as I'm a complete dunderheid when it comes to mathematics and physics. Though in fairness it's very well written and surprisingly accessible to non specialists, a bit like Carl Sagan's books.
  8. Blix Jedi Knight

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    Yeah, but how will we tell in the future what you are reading now?

    I update it with every book I'm reading. :)

    I take reading very seriously.
  9. RidingMyCarousel Jedi Grand Master

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    The Silmarillion :)

    Good book, if you haven't read it and are a Tolkien fan (especially mythology), go get a copy.
  10. Lord Bane Manager Emeritus

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    I have started "July, July" by Tim O'Brian, award winning author of "The Things They Carried." He's considered by some to be the preeminent voice on the Vietnam experience. "July, July" is the story of a 30th college reunion, of the class of '69 and how they've changed over the years.

    Think "The Big Chill" only longer and with more characters.
  11. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    I'm currently reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Very thought-provoking. Kinda short, though. :p
  12. ParanoidAni-droid Jedi Master

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    King Lear. Or as a friend of mine likes to say, "King Leer".

    ~PAd

  13. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    The obligatory, if unwanted, Mastadge commentary on everything that he's read or has anything to say about:

    flying_fishi: I've said it before, I'll say it again. Dune is absolutely fantastic.

    Lord Bane: I haven't read July, July, but I thought In the Lake of the Woods was great, and I have Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried on my shelf, though I haven't read them yet. BTW, it's O'Brien, not O'Brian.

    Terr_Mys: I'm in a minority, but I find Night (and all the other Wiesel books I've had to read) to be vastly overrated. His style leaves me completely unengaged and unsympathetic.

    ParanoidAni-droid: I'm reading King Lear right now for one of my classes. Shakespeare's awesome!
  14. JediSenoj451 Jedi Master

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    Hmmm... I read Night twice.... that was about 4 years ago if I remember correctly. I thought it was an excellent novel, but I don't remember the details so I can't tell you what exactly I liked about it.

    Currently I am reading The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. Almost done. :)

    ~*Senoj*~
  15. DarthYama Jedi Master

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    Naked Lunch. It's very surreal.
  16. Terr_Mys Force Ghost

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    I'd actually have to agree with you, Mastadge. In fact, the only reason that I find the story thought-provoking is because my English teacher is forcing us to participate in deep analytical discussions of it. :p
  17. BobaFrank Jedi Youngling

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    I just finished reading The King by David Feintuch. Its book 2 of the Caledon Saga. It was very good. I also would mention the Seafort Saga by David Feintuch which starts with Midshipmans Hope. Its the best Sci-fi writing I've ever read.

    I'm getting ready to start on Mankind by Mick Foley then I'll read his next book Foley is Good, then I'm gonna read Destiny's Way.
  18. ParanoidAni-droid Jedi Master

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    Yeah, um... I like totally didn't even finish Night. I wrote an "A" report and didn't even read 85% of it. I don't know how proud I am about that but it's just something I thought I would throw out there. ;)

    Madge, Lear's cool, but that's not much of a surprise. Ever check out Kurosawa's Ran? Nice japanese twist to the tale. Throne of Blood does much the same for Macbeth.

    ~PAd

  19. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Ever check out Kurosawa's Ran?

    I've been meaning to, but I hear that the DVD's got a pretty crappy transfer, so I've been waiting for a better edition.
  20. stecm Jedi Master

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    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It's my third time reading it. Neal Stephenson is such a great author, the only other book by him that's better is Cryptonomicon...
  21. pkloa Force Ghost

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    currently i'm reading:
    anne rice's the claiming of sleeping beauty, which is the first of a trilogy about sleeping beauty in a kingdom of sex-slaves, bondage, torture, etc. very good as far as visualization and writing style are concerned. i would recommend it if you have a strong stomach and are not a dirty, dirty perv.

    j.r.r. tolkien's the two towers which most of you know about...

    arthur c. clarke's 3001: the final odyssee, which is the conclusion of the space odyssee series. frank poole is found in space and revived in 3001. i am re-reading this for something to do while on the potty...

    and i just finished stephen king's from a buick 8 which is an excellent novel. a highly recommended book for any fan of king. an interesting note, there appears to be no real antagonist, which is uncharicteristic of king.
  22. Lord Bane Manager Emeritus

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    King Lear is a great play and a gripping story. It really draws you in.

    I read Night in the 7th grade and I remember it being good. I'm sure it still holds up.
  23. DarthBurns Force Ghost

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    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It's absolutely hilarious.
  24. Oakessteve Manager Emeritus

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    This thread. Mwhahaha. Actually, rather embarrassingly, I'm reading a Doctor Who book called Grave Matter, but I think I might try reading a book my tutor recommended me called Birdsong (I think it was called that). Has anyone here read it?
  25. Jon_Snow Jedi Knight

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    Now reading

    Dungeons and Dragons Players Handbook
    Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide
    Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual